Joyeux Noël: Free Film Screening [fr]
The Atlanta Opera and the Cultural Services of the French Consulate present a free screening of the 2005 French production about the World War I Christmas truce of December 1914, depicted through the eyes of French, Scottish and German soldiers at Midtown Art Cinema.
Inspired by a true story, "Joyeux Noël" depicts the events that happened on Christmas Eve 1914 during World War I, in many different places along the frontline.
When war breaks out in the lull of summer 1914, it surprises and pulls millions of men in its wake. And Christmas arrives, with its snow and multitude of family and army bundles. But the surprise won’t come from inside the generous parcels which lie in the French, Scottish, and German trenches.
That night, a momentous event will turn the destinies of four characters: A Scottish priest, a French lieutenant, an exceptional German tenor and the one he loves and sings with, a wonderful Danish soprano. They will find themselves at the heart of unprecedented fraternizations between German, British, and French troops.
During that Christmas Eve, the unthinkable will happen: Rifles will be left at the bottom of trenches and steps will be taken towards those opposite, to shake their hands, exchange a cigarette or a piece of chocolate, to wish them Merry Christmas!
This screening is shown as a preview to "Silent Night", the Atlanta Opera’s upcoming production premiering in Atlanta on November 5, 2016. Learn more about this exciting event and register here.
When: Thursday, October 27 at 7:00pm.
Where: Midtown Art Cinema - Midtown Promenade, 931 Monroe Dr., N.E., Atlanta, GA 30308